Sept 27–28, 2019

»Worlding – nudges for posthuman play«

Date: Sept 27, 2019, 19:00 Uhr

Duration: Sept 27–28, 2019

Location: Werkstatthaus Stuttgart

Location: Gerokstraße 7

Location: 70188 Stuttgart

Cyberpunk Performances, Collective Life-Gaming Tutorial, Filmscreening on Ecologies, Post-Truth Conversation

How do we practice »Worlding« in the crappy present? Between the wreckage of co-working spaces and Amazon’s social networks which create bacteria from data and facts from lies? Seeking super solidarities in the age of mass-mining micro-feelings.

Akademie Schloss Solitude calls fellow (post-)humans, cyberpunks, 3D scanner shamans, and tentacular artificial intelligences to join us in a game of worldbuilding: in a two-day session, Stuttgart’s Werkstatthaus will transform into an experimental space with open conversations, film screenings, objects, a collective life-gaming tutorial, and a performance on rituals for cyberpunks. 

The event is initiated by artist Sahej Rahal in collaboration with the artists Mitra Wakil (FabLab Munich) and Fabian Hesse (HFBK Hamburg, Digital/Material Workshop).


Friday, September 27, 2019

7 pmAnimal Hacker Analytics: Queer encounters with dark arts, shimmering endurances and toxic execution
Keynote lecture by Helen Pritchard

8 pm | Surprise film screening in cooperation with VideoTheke

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11 am | Worlding with Hivemind
Collective tutorial on worldbuilding, guided by Sahej Rahal

In this tutorial, participants are invited to collaboratively design speculative worlds, working with 3D scanning, video-game programs & MIDI sound generators.

1 pm | Lunch Break

2 pm | Toxic Truth Terrain
Conversation with Helen Pritchard, Pallavi Paul, and Matthias Böttger

In this conversation, the participants are invited to explore the question »How does a world constitute itself?«. The discussants will approach the question from three vantage points, namely the negotiation of facticity and reality in the formation of contemporary truth (Pallavi Paul), the relation of video-games and urbanism (Matthias Böttger), and the toxicity of computational ecologies (Helen Pritchard).

The audience is cordially invited to bring objects and ideas to share. To participate, you can register until September 23 and you’re welcome to mention what you would like to share. Please contact Rebecca John:

3.30 pm | Coffee Break

4 pm | Tentacular Plastic Realism
Conversation with Mitra Wakil, Fabian Hesse, and Daniel Rourke

The conversation partners are invited to engage and entangle with »crapularity« – a term described as the opposite of »singularity« by Florian Cramer in his text »Crapularity Aesthetics« (2019) – by exploring the subversive potential of playing with plastic through 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies (Fabian Hesse & Mitra Wakil) and worlding with the materiality of horror (Daniel Rourke).

The audience is cordially invited to bring objects and ideas to share. To participate, you can register until September 23 and you’re welcome to mention what you would like to share. Please contact Rebecca John:

7 pm | Dinner

8 pm | Augmented Rituals for Cyber-Shamans (or: Rituals for Cyberpunks)
Collective Performance

9 pm | Drinks and Snacks

All foods and drinks will be served at Café Arg, Werkstatthaus Stuttgart (ground floor).

With contributions by: Matthias Böttger, architect, Berlin/Germany; Fabian Hesse, artist, HFBK Hamburg, Digital/Material Workshop, Berlin/Germany; Pallavi Paul, artist, New Delhi/India; Helen Pritchard, artist and lecturer in Computational and Digital Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London, London/Great Britain; Sahej Rahal, artist, Mumbai/India; Daniel Rourke, lecturer and co-convener of the MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths, University of London, London/Great Britain; Mitra Wakil, artist, FabLab Munich, Munich/Germany 

The event is initiated by Sahej Rahal in collaboration with Mitra Wakil and Fabian Hesse. Sahej Rahal is current fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in the field art, science & business/humanities. Mitra Wakil and Fabian Hesse were fellows from November, 2018 to February, 2019 in the framework of the »WimmelResearch-Fellowship« – a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Wimmelforschung.

»Worlding« takes place within the program art, science & business and in cooperation with Werkstatthaus Stuttgart. The event will be held in English. Admission is free.

Per diem meal allowance incl. lunch, dinner, coffee, and beverages:
20 euros/10 euros for students.

Please register until September 23, 2019 via email to: Rebecca John,, Tel. + 49 (0)711 99619 482

The event takes place in Werkstatthaus Stuttgart, Gerokstraße 7, 70188 Stuttgart.